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Ulsan beat Al Ahli to win Asian Champions League final

Kim Shin-wook (R) of South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai celebrates with his teammates Kim Seung-yong, Rafinha (2nd L) and Lee Keun-ho (L) after scoring a goal against Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor during the second leg of their AFC Champions League semi-final soccer match at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, about 410 km (256 miles) southeast of Seoul, October 31, 2012. — Reuters picKim Shin-wook (R) of South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai celebrates with his teammates Kim Seung-yong, Rafinha (2nd L) and Lee Keun-ho (L) after scoring a goal against Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor during the second leg of their AFC Champions League semi-final soccer match at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium in Ulsan, about 410 km (256 miles) southeast of Seoul, October 31, 2012. — Reuters picSOUTH KOREA, Nov 10 — South Koreans Ulsan Hyundai made the most of home advantage as they easily beat Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia 3-0 in the final of the Asian Champions League on Saturday.

Captain Kwak Tae-hwi opened the scoring in the 13th minute with Brazilian forward Rafinha and midfielder Kim Seung-yong adding second half goals as the Koreans won Asia's premier club tournament for the first time.

Ulsan collected the US$1.5 million winners cheque and will now represent Asia in the FIFA Club World Cup next month in Japan where they will take on Mexican side Monterrey in the quarter-finals.

Al Ahli never looked like winning their first Champions League title as they struggled throughout the final, played in Korea after a draw by organisers the Asian Football Confederation in June. — Reuters

 

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